Grapefruit Infused Gin

December 15, 2014

Grapefruit infused gin is a favorite libation at my house.  It only takes two ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes.  Citrus fruits are one of the few perks of winter and big juicy grapefruits are popping up all over in the grocery stores right now.   Read more ›

Warm Spice Bacon

November 30, 2014

In the spirit of winter, I’m making a Warm Spice Bacon, flavored with allspice, chiles, coriander, mace, pepper and maple syrup.  Winter came ridiculously early this year in Minnesota, so I’m making bacon to cheer myself up a bit.  Happy holidays to me! Read more ›

Habanero Hellfire Hot Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014

I know, I know.  It’s a little late to be making hot pepper jelly, right?  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  We got a little busy, what with a vacation to New Orleans, winterizing our gardens and chicken coop, and a way-to-early snow fall and hard freeze. Read more ›

Creole Cream Cheese

November 7, 2014

On my recent trip to New Orleans, I was on a search for Creole Cream Cheese.  I’d read about the cheese in my copy of Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll.  Surprisingly, the cheese proved incredibly hard to find. I rode my bike all over the city looking in shops, at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market (great cheese, just no Creole Cream Cheese) Read more ›

Daikon Kimchi

October 9, 2014

I like radishes. In the spring there’s an explosion of little red globes, followed again three months later by the fall radish boom. But our Minnesota summers make radishes pithy, bitter and hot, so there’s a long pause in radish season, which I find wholly unacceptable.  Then I met the daikon radish. Read more ›

Chicken of the Woods Wild Mushrooms

September 20, 2014

Fall is a great time to forage Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.  The bright orange fan shaped mushroom grow like frilly shelves from the side of trees and stand out like a flag.  Last year we found a huge clutch of them exploding from a downed tree at Lake Maria State Park in Minnesota.   Read more ›

Fresh Herb Bacon

September 15, 2014

When we got our half hog from Snake River Farm Minnesota, it came with the largest pork belly I’ve yet seen from our own pig.  This baby was 10 plus pounds, enough for two batches of bacon.  Yahoo!  I let the belly languish in my freezer for almost a year before finally hauling it out to defrost.  I tend to delay making bacon until the fall because there’s bacon, we eat it immediately. Read more ›

Fermented Corn Relish

September 3, 2014

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of presenting and cooking at our local Linden Hills Farmer’s Market as part of their Chef Guru series, produced by Kitchen in the Market.  The topic was what to do with the season’s abundance of corn, tomatoes and zucchini.  My immediate thought was lacto-fermented vegetables which require no cooking at all. Read more ›

Pluot Riesling Sangria and Jam

August 23, 2014

Pluots are a lovely plum/apricot hybrid stone fruit that pop up in markets in early to mid summer. More plum than apricot, they come in a wide variety of jeweled colors from black purple to pink to coral to yellow. The intensely sweet fruits hold up well in fruit salads, pies, and sangria. Oh, the sangria. And thus begins my story. Read more ›

Savory Kale Scones

August 16, 2014

Oh kale, such a healthful, nutritious, easy to grow green.  It’s good for me.  It ups the nutrient quality of my diet.  It’s versatile in cooking and good raw.  Bla bla bla.  Frankly, I’m bored with kale, the poster-child hipster vegetable.  Naturally, I have loads of it in my garden.  I’ve packed it into eggs, sautés, salads, etc.  What’s a bored girl to do? Read more ›

New Chicks in Town

August 11, 2014

If you’ve been following me on Mother Earth News or social media, you already know my big family news for the year.  We have chickens.  Bock bock!!  It was an epic journey building the coop, getting the Minneapolis chicken license and finding our chicks.  Now they are well into their teens months and should start laying eggs in September.   Read more ›

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